Introducing Finn

I’m embarrassed to admit how long its been since I’ve blogged on this site. No excuses…life has just been busy.
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Brady

 In February we lost our beloved Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel, Brady. His passing was very traumatic for me and my family and we were heartbroken. Brady was a very special dog and will live in our memories forever. Even though the house was very quiet without the pitter patter of four paws, I needed time to mourn before making the decision to get another dog.

I’m please to say that at the end of August we brought home a 7 week bundle of joy named Finnegan…Finn for short. Finn is a Mini GoldenDoodle and an absolute sweetheart. It didn’t take long for this little fur ball to become a member of the Levy family.

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You forget rather quickly how much work a puppy is but the time and effort you put into training is paid back ten-fold. As you can see, even at 9 weeks old he was a willing model.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Young Men, A Cavalier & A Sneaky Photographer

As a photographer there’s always so much to do. There never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to accomplish. As I’ve been doing more and more studio sessions I’ve been determined to actually photographer my own boys. The problem was their schedule was harder to work around than mine.

Perseverance does pay off though and I even managed to sneak into one shot (thank you to my wonderful husband for taking that one ūüôā )

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

My photographic muse is my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Brady. This boy is so sweet and loving and while he’s not a fan of having his picture taken there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for a treat ;).

This past weekend I decided I needed some new pictures of Brady and having just purchased a new backdrop I thought he was the perfect model to try it on.

You can find more information on what’s included in my sessions here.

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Choosing A Location For Your Session

Once you’ve booked you’re photography session you’re most important decision is where you’re going to have your pictures taken. Choosing the location will determine the look and feel of the final product. This is where your photographer comes. I normally scout out possible locations for photo shoots searching for interesting backgrounds, colors and the quality of natural light.

Toronto is such a photogenic city and whether you’re right in the city or in the Greater Toronto Area there are a multitude of areas that are perfect for photographing your pet. Whether it’s at the beach, a favourite park, a funky downtown location or your home, we can choose a location that matches your style and your pets personality.

Timing

The best time of day to shoot outdoors is early morning or late afternoon. The quality of light at these¬†times of the day is soft and beautiful and will enhance the look of the overall image. Timing is also important because depending on the location that you ultimately choose crowds may be an issue. Let’s say, for example, that you want to get your dog frolicking on the beach. Getting out early in the morning will not only give us a better light to work with but we¬†won’t be dealing with any crowds. On the other hand a late afternoon/sunset shoot will provide a beautiful warm glow and by that time any crowds will be thinning out.

The Location

When trying to determine the location itself start with your pets personality. Where are they the most comfortable? If you’ve never taken them to the beach then this might not be the ideal location. Animals are like people and if they’re scared or uncomfortable in their surroundings then we won’t come away with the images that you’ve envisioned. If your four-legger loves to run in the park then this might be the ideal spot.

When booking your session I will always set up a pre-consultation meeting so that I can meet your pet and they can in turn get comfortable with me. One of the things we’ll talk about at this meeting is location. I have many suggestions for locations in and around the city or if you have a preferred location this is the time to discuss it.

Safety First

Your pets safety is of paramount importance and will always come first. When we shoot in wide open spaces or in the city your pet will always be on a leash. Once you’ve selected the final images I remove the leash and clean up any other imperfects in post-processing. Brady was on leash the whole time we were shooting even though he was sitting right next to his Dad.

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If you’d like to schedule a session or if you simply have any questions please contact me.

 

 

PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy is Live!

“Happiness is a Warm Puppy”

Charles Shultz
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Charlie Brown was often quoted as saying “Why can’t I have a normal, ordinary dog like everyone else?”.¬†¬†Well Charlie¬†Brown let me¬†tell you, it’s¬†the¬†idiosyncrasies that our pets have that make them who they are and it’s those very idiosyncrasies that makes us¬†love them so much.

I remember when we first brought Brady, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, home. He was a tiny little thing that wiggled his way into the hearts of every member of my family from the very first minute we set eyes on him. In those first few weeks at home, my husband (who’s the early riser) would get up, take Brady out of his crate and bring him out to the backyard so that he could relieve himself. He would then bring Brady upstairs to our bedroom and because¬†he was still too small to jump up, Alan would lift up Brady and¬†place him on the bed and Brady would proceed to jump/bounce all over me and give me kisses to wake me up. He would do this with our children too. Imagine Tigger from Winnie the Pooh…you remember him…”bouncy, wouncy, flouncy, pouncy”¬†Tigger. That’s Brady and now fast forward 9 years, he can now jump on the bed by himself and he still wakes us up this way.

Welcome to PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy (PEL). I am so proud and excited to be launching this new website and lifestyle pet photography business.  PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy is all about capturing your cherished pet in a natural setting where they can have fun and be themselves. I work closely with my clients to ensure we get the best images possible whether it be in a park, in an urban setting or your home.

Please have a look around the site. It’s still a work in progress but I’d love to get your feedback on it. Some of you may know me from my Landscape and Travel Photography site, Edith Levy Photography. This new site will be dedicated to pet photography and will have unique content. Please bookmark, follow or click on the subscribe button on the right hand side to stay up to date with news from PEL.

Now Booking Spring Sessions – Introductory Special

Spring is just around the corner and if you’ve been considering doing a photography session for your fur baby now is the perfect time. Book your session before February 21st and save 50% off the session fee.¬†